Some of you guys seem to be getting pretty worked up about what is a fairly minor mistake. I just took a look at that article, and I don't see a photo or the caption the original poster is referring to, so I don't know where the copy editing chain might have broken down. But, you know, this really isn't that big of a deal. It's not a reason to call into question the credibility and accuracy of an entire news gathering and reporting institution. Should it have happened? Of course not. But nor is this part of some mysterious newsman cabal designed to keep people confused about the difference between an RJ
and a DC-9. I can imagine this being a situation of a caption quite accurately referring to NW
's plans to retire DC-9s that was then, regrettably or defensibly, coupled with a generic-NW-aircraft type photo. But as I haven't seen the photo or caption, I reserve judgment on that matter.
If it really bothers you, contact the corrections desk, and I'll bet you see a correction tomorrow or the day after. No respectable newspaper wants to print false or incorrect information but the New York Times, in particular, hates
being wrong. I think they take a masochistic pleasure in correcting their mistakes.
New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune